Federation for
Housing and

IFHP Focus Topic


IFHP is a 103-year-old global network of urban professionals, who work to make cities better for people. We originate from the Garden City movement and our community consists of both private, public and academic urban stakeholders. When Sir Ebenezer Howard founded the IFHP in 1913 he was aiming to create better, greener and more inclusive cities. Until this day we advocate social sustainability and Housing for All. 


We have been connected to UN-institutions since the early 1950s and we work closely with the UN agenda on cities, especially Sustainable Development Goal 11 and the New Urban Agenda, which is endorsed by UN Assembly as the agenda for urban development in the 21st century. We act as a worldwide implementation agent of the New Urban Agenda, by focusing on social resiliency to create Housing for all. 

In 2017 we take this forward with our community. Together we design and conduct urban labs and smaller conferences focusing on how to accommodate Housing for All and by ensuring conversations, solutions and methods we contribute to implementation of the New Urban Agenda. 
On-stage we engage in global and local discussions together with partners, our community, national chapters and sister-organizations. We share knowledge between us to inspire and are constantly on the watch for new solutions and methods taken forward by our community. 
Major developments have been made in recent times: the Adis Ababa Action Agenda groundbreaking agreement in July 2015 provided a foundation for implementing the global sustainability agenda and put forward a series of bold measures to overhaul global finance practices and generate investments for tackling a range of economic, social and environmental challenges. The same year, the Paris Climate Conference COP21 that took place in the end of 2015 negotiated a global agreement on the reduction of climate change. 
Most recently, the New Urban Agenda that was approved in Quito at the UN Habitat III Conference, and together with the SDGs, these global frameworks recognize that urban challenges are not only severe in the Global South, but more often also in the Global North. Since cities in this region are still important decision-making, power and transport hubs, it is important to guarantee their sustainable transition to the middle of the 21st century in which these cities are likely to transfer their power and influence to new upcoming ones.
In the midst of this urban age, a New Urban Agenda is imperative to achieving a sustainable future, as a global guideline for the sustainable growth of cities worldwide, but also to take forward local strategies and programs to effectively implement this agenda and promote sustainable cities through the creation of partnerships amongst stakeholders and civil society.
As an implementation agent of the New Urban Agenda, the IFHP is engaged in the discussion about the coexistence of the New Urban Agenda and the European Urban Agenda (known as the Pact of Amsterdam); how does this urban agenda for the EU contribute to the design of new regulations and to the revision of already existing EU regulations?
Please join us to better accommodate the exploding need for HousingForAll and to effectively implement The New Urban Agendas.

Our Activities in 2017-2020 

Labs, meetings, summer school courses and conferences are among our activities planned to take place in 2017 in co-creation with our community of members, partners and national chapters.
Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on social media to be notified about activities and calls for participation. Our website offers a wide range of blog posts, reports and articles for you to access. 
Keep an eye on our online calendar. Some events are open to all, some are by invitation only. Please do not hesitate to contact us with proposals, ideas, invitations and contributions. Start by checking out our latest ONE on affordability and segregation
Read about the topic of 2016 and our activities in 2016 here

Why do we do as we do? 

At IFHP we do what we do to make cities better for people. We advocate for people and social cohesiveness as we believe a city cannot function and thrive without diversity at all levels. We do so with a focus on housing for all in the city. It has always been our DNA to do so and it will continue to be so. 
Sustainability is of our concern. For a city to become truly sustainable the three usual sustainability aspects [People, Planet, Profit] are supplemented with a focus on social cohesiveness and inclusiveness. With The New Urban Agenda (NUA) and SDG 11 the platform for ‘the social inclusive city’ is set, yet lacking a focus on concrete solutions implementing the agenda . IFHP is driven by taking this forward, and we have the experience and community to fill this gap. 
This is why we do as we do, and are passionate about it.

What can you expect from the IFHP 

As an international professional community within housing and planning we believe that unbiased and politically detached perspectives are needed to render recommendations that better match the realities of the current situation. We (IFHP) are exactly this.   
Sign up for the newsletter and follow us on social media to be notified about activities and calls for participation. Our website offers a wide range of blog postsreports and articles for you to access. 
Read more about our services on the membership page

Community & topics 

The recent years IFHP has investigated selected topics within housing. In particular, three topics were: 
We have joined forces with the relevant partners, e.g. ISOCARPWorld Urban CampaignEAROPHECTP-CEUTCPA, BOBYByplanlaboratorietCofhuatFraunhofer InstituteAalto University and Tampere University of Technology and many more academic and research institutions. We are proud of our private sector members who we consider essential urban stakeholders and together we co-create activities and events to investigate the urban governance of the 21st century. 




For more information about the IFHP, please contact CEO Anette Galskjøt ( from the IFHP team.